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MD Picks of the Week: 7/22/2012 0

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, MD Picks

Hey all! I took last week off for Bastille Day, but I hope you all enjoyed two weeks ago’s picks of the week! I’m really excited for Alt-J’s American release! Now onto some other stuff,

This week’s MD Picks are…

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Artist: Pomplamoose

Pomplamoose has released quite a few tracks via their YouTube channel over the course of the past few years, all of it incredible. They recently dabbled in Electro-Pop with the single linked to above, and just dropped a new EP. Definitely check them out!

Similar to: The Ting Tings, The Submarines, Shiny Toy Guns

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Album: Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Regina Spektor is one of my absolute all-time favorite artists, and her new album doesn’t disappoint. Incredible sound, with a bunch of old tracks redone, and some new ones to boot, this album is terrific. And, to all the DJs wanting to play this album on their show, it’s available in the MD-recommended rack in Studio A! Recommended Tracks: “Patron Saint,” “Small Town Moon,” “All The Rowboats.”

Similar to: Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Nash, Immaculate Machine

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Song: Madeon – “Finale

I hope you all were as excited as I was when Madeon dropped his newest track. The 17-year old French electronic artist is an incredible force and one that’s been taking over the electronic scene in the past few years. Check out this track and check out all of his other tracks on his SoundCloud.

Similar to: Yelle, Wolfgang Gartner, Dave Edwards

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Enjoy! See you next week!

Graham Starr

MD Picks of the Week: 7/08/2012 1

Posted: July 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, MD Picks

Hope you all enjoyed last week’s picks of the week! The Oh Hello’s are really a great new sound. Now onto some other stuff,

This week’s MD Picks are…

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Artist: Balto

The frontman took a journey to Russian Siberia before writing Balto’s newest album. And like the animated dog, a sense of loss is apparent in the newest album, October Road. There’s a great mixture of seclusion, longing, and optimism inherent to their lyrics. Just an all around terrific sound. They may not have released much in the past few months, but they’re definitely an artist to keep track of. Enjoy! Recommended tracks: “The Railyard,” “Self-Portrait.” Though, in all honesty, they don’t have a bad song.

Similar to: Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver

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Album: Alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave

Sometimes only identified by the Delta character they associate with all their music, Alt-J is a group out of Leeds, UK, that plays what they like to call “folkstep.” It’s an interesting style: a mixture of electronic backing and folk-inspired rhythms, lyrics, and musicianship. I guarantee you that you’ll have at least one of these songs stuck in your head for a while. Unfortunately, the album won’t be released in the US until September, but the group was nice enough to post the entire album on their SoundCloud. Recommended Tracks: “Breezeblocks,” “Tesselate”

Similar to: The Maccabees, The Wombats

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Song: Rhye – “Open

So this song is actually a bit old, by at least several months. but I feel it’s a track that still, nonetheless, needs to be shared. This enigmatic duo has only released this one song so far, and little is known about the band’s origins, intentions, or identity. Pretty cool, huh? But seriously, this track is just absolutely beautiful. I dare you – try listening to this song only once. It won’t be easy. Enjoy!

Similar to: Chairlift, Purity Ring, Neon Indian

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Enjoy! See you next week!

Graham Starr

MD Picks of the Week: 7/01/2012 0

Posted: July 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, MD Picks

Hey everybody! We’re introducing a new tradition where each week the Music Director (me) selects a new artist, album, and song that are bound to perk your ears up a bit. Each week I’ll be posting something that may have gone under your radar a bit, but you’ll really like. Some of these will be available in the rotation shelves (look for the silver stickers), but most of this is just to spread the music around! I hope you all will enjoy it!

This week’s MD Picks are…

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ArtistThe Oh Hello’s

Really great new artist from Texas. Their new album merges a lot of folky aspects with a new rock and alternative sound. This brother-and-sister combination has great vocal harmonies.

Similar to: Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars

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Album: The Tallest Man On Earth - There’s No Leaving Now

I absolutely love The Tallest Man On Earth. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s this Bob Dylan-esque Swedish singer-songwriter with a very folky feel. This album, though maybe not as revolutionary as his Shallow Grave album, is incredible and definitely worth a listen.

Similar to: Bob Dylan, Joe Pug

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Song: Michael Kiwanuka - “Home Again

This British singer-songwriter merges soulful roots music with a great bluesy background. Michael Kiwanuka has the incredible ability to make you feel like you’re in some raggedy pub somewhere, just watching him pour our his soul. This song is just so beautiful.

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Enjoy! See you next week!

(Graham Starr)

 

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